Hodge doubles up for the 1's

Mark Missen, Bayside Leader
November 13, 2016 3:36pm

Arriving at the crease after the loss of an early wicket Hodge was quickly into stride peeling off a succession of boundaries to get East on top. With skipper Mark Devereaux falling into stride at the other end they dominated the bowling before Devereaux (68) was removed just prior to the tea break after a run a ball 154-run stand.

Hodge was 92 at the break and wasted no time at all in bringing up his ton shortly after the resumption before really letting loose blasting fours and sixes to all points of the compass in a crisp and clean display of power hitting.

Nick Knight (25) fed the ex-Test batsman plenty of the strike with the duo combining for an 80-run union before Hodge eventually holed out after an innings which contained 24 boundaries and eight sixes with his straight hitting a particularly aesthetically pleasing feature of his record knock.

The total only needed some dressing up from that point and several wickets fell in the late flurry. Anthony D’Amico (3-90 off 25 overs) toiled away honestly but the Omega men were simply outmatched on the day.

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